Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Belmont Mansion located?
Belmont Mansion is located on the campus of Belmont University at the intersection of Acklen Avenue & Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37212. We have visitor parking immediatly to the west of our entrance near a gazebo. Additional visitor parking is availavle on Belmont Boulevard near the Lila D. Bunch Library and the Leu Center for Visual Arts, as well as a lot by the Hitch building near Belmont Boulevard and Portland Avenue. Please note that the mansion is on the interior of the univeristy campus and is not visible from Wedgewood Avenue or Magnolia Avenue. Please do not park next door at Morningside at Belmont retirement home. That is not part of the campus.
Are there campus activites or construction projects that might impact my wedding or event?
Yes. We are completing a major restoration of our event space, the Grand Salon.The bulk of the work was completed by the end of March 2019, but some finishing touches will continue throughout 2019. The mansion is am historic site and working house museum, so restoration is an ongoing part of our work. There is almost always something being repaired or restored. Belmont Mansion is surrounded by the campus of Belmont University. Due to our location on the campus, we do not offer outdoor wedding ceremonies or receptions. Additionally, there may be large events on campus that affect access to parking. We try to avoid booking weddings or events at the mansion that would overlap with large events on the north side of campus, such as concerts in the Massey Performing Arts Center. If you are concerned about a large event at the university impacting the mansion, you can view the university's event calendar online.
What is the new Tennessee Law for Wedding Officiants?
As of July 1, 2019, the State of Tennessee's new law clarifying the qualifications to serve as a wedding officiant take effect. This law clearly states that online ordination is not acceptable for persons wishing to solemnize weddings in Tennessee. Please note that Rev. Brandon Rich, Director of Weddings & Rentals was licensed to ministry in June 1998 and ordained to the ministry on March 12, 2000 by First Baptist Church of Nashville, TN. Rev. Rich trained for the ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theoligical Seminary in Fort Worth, TX and has served several churches on staff as senior pastor, interim pastor and minister of music. Not only does Rev. Rich meet and exceed the legal quailifications to officiate a wedding, he has officiated and coordinated over 5,000 weddings in five states, giving him depth and breath of expericne that is virtulaly unparralelled. If you do not have a qualified officiant for your traditional wedding ceremony at the mansion, you can upgrade your contract for Rev. Rich to officiate. Please note that outside officiants are not permitted in our elopement bookings. You must have a Tennessee Marriage License for a wedding in Tennessee. You may not bring a marriage license from anywhere outside of Tennessee. It is the couple's responsibility to obtain and bring all pages of the TN license to the wedding.
Can we view an online calendar of dates available at Belmont Mansion for weddings?
Can we just drop in to preview the mansion for our wedding or event?
No. You must contact the Director of Weddings & Rentals to discuss availability and reveiw package options and other key details first. If we have availability for your wedding or event in your preferred date range, if our guidelines are acceptable to you, and if you are inquiring about a traditional wedding or a large elopement package, the Director will schedule a preview visit for you. We do not offer venue previews for our small elopement packages or bridal photo sessions. Please note that the Director of Weddings & Rentals does not keep regular office hours. He supervises all Belmont Mansion weddings and rental events, plus he officiates and coordinates many weddings and events off-site. He is able to conduct preivews and meetings during mansion tour hours, in the evenings, and on weekends based on availability and by appointment only. If you show up at the mansion without an appointment during museum hours, you will be instructed to contact the Director of Weddings & Rentals to make an apointment. Our musuem staff is on site to conduct paid historical interpretation tours of the museum and answer questions about the history of the family that built and lived in the mansion. They are not equipped or trained to answer wedding or event rental questions, nor do they have access to our event calenar.
How do we make a wedding or rental preview appointment?
All rental and wedding preview visits must be scheduled in advance with the Director of Weddings & Rentals. Drop-in visits are not possible due to staffing and parking considerations.You may schedule an appointment by contacting the Director of Weddings & Rentals, Rev. Brandon Rich. You may call or text the Director between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM (Central U.S. time) Monday - Saturday, and after 2PM on Sundays, or email him 24/7. Please note that bridal previews are limited to the couple getting married (or the client for a non-wedding event) and two additional guests. Due to the museum nature of the venue, we accompany event preview guests at all times during the preview. Please note that bridal & event preview visits and planning meetings are not offered for the Studio Elopement, Just Married Elopement, and Getaway Elopement. Please limit your group to four individuals for preivews and meetings. Venue preview visits last between 20 and 60 minutes
If your inquiry is after 8:00 PM or before 8:00 AM in the US Central time zone (Monday through Saturday), please send an email only. If your call is on Sunday, please wait until 2:00 PM US Central time. Feel free to email 24/7. Thank you!
Rev. Brandon Rich
Director of Weddings and Rentals
615.305.2021 Business Cell
Do you have recommended vendors?
Officiants & Coordinators
Our Director of Weddings & Rentals provides event planning and coordination for traditional weddings and to our various elopements. As an ordained and seminary-trained licensed Baptist minister, he is also available to provide officiating services as an optional upgrade to traditional wedding ceremonies. Officiant services and coordination are included and restricted in our elopement bookings. Please contact our Director of Weddings & Rentals with any questions.
Catering and wedding cake:
Carolyn's is our preferred caterer for the Dessert Reception option in our Friends & Family Elopements.
Publix (Wedding Cakes)
4324 Harking Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
Approved Photographers for Elopement Weddings:
Dak & Angie Alley
Weddings & Elopements of Nashville
Michael & Michelle Blair
Please note that photo packages must match venue package time. Clients, guests and photographers may not remain on Belmont property beyond the time of client's contact with the venue. This applies to all weddings at Belmont Mansion.
Recomended Photographers for Traditional Weddings:
Dak & Angie Alley
Weddings & Elopements of Nashville
Michael & Michelle Blair
Musicians and DJs:
Calligraphy, Tuxedos & Stylist Services:
The Lyrical Pen - Elegant Calligraphy
(Phone number and email on their site.)
Nashville, TN 37205
2115 Elm Hill Pike
Nashville, TN 37210
Cabinberry Farm in Whites Creek
Collins & Co. Barber Shop
211 4th Avenue Noth, Suite #150
Nashville, TN 37219
Old Town Trolley Tours
Shelby McCoy, Group Sales Rep.
Classic Cars, Limos & Shuttles
Sedans, Limos & Shuttles
Hilton Garden Inn
1715 Broadway Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Union Station Hotel
Nashville, TN 37203
Omni Nashville Hotel
250 5th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
Howard Office Building, Suite 101
700 Second Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37210
Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Check their website for the holiday schedule.)
The only County Clerk in middle Tennessee that has any weekend hours is the Bedford County Clerk in Shelbyville, TN. Please note that Shelbyville, TN is 60 miles southeast of Nashville. At present, they are open from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturdays. They are closed on Sundays.
Please note that you must have a current Tennessee Marriage License in hand before the ceremony. You may not bring an out-of-state Marriage License. Contact the Clerk's office or visit their website for any Marriage License questions.
Do you have any exclusive or required vendors?
If you are interested in renting items, we work exclusively with the following event rental companies:
Graceful Tables (linens and full chair covers/ties)
Liberty Party Rental (china, flatware, stemware, linens, and full chair covers/ties)
Please note that we do not allow any additional chairs, tables or other furnishings to be brought in. We also prohibit pipe-and-drape, arches, platforms and other temporary stuctures or other items that we deem innappropriate or potentially harmful to the venue.
Elopements at Belmont Mansion require the use of in-house officiants as well as specific photographers if the couple wants professional photography :
Weddings & Elopements of Nashville
Michael & Michelle Blair
Does Belmont Mansion allow alcohol and tobacco on the premises?
No. Belmont Mansion does not allow the possession or consumption of alcohol on the premises, including the surrounding campus. All tobacco products are also prohibited in Belmont Mansion and on the surrounding university campus.
When do weddings and event rentals take place?
All regularly booked events must take place outside of museum hours. Due to parking considerations, most weddings and events take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with rental events beginning no sooner than entrance of vendors and bridal party at 4:30pm. Traditional wedding ceremonies are scheduled at 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM or 7:00 PM. Wedding reception-only events may be scheduled at 5:30 PM, but we prefer 6:00 PM. All weddings and all non-wedding rental events take place in Belmont Mansion's Grand Salon. We do not host weddings or events in our event space during museum tours hours.
What are the best driving directions to Belmont Mansion?
For the most accurate driving directions, please use Belmont Boulevard & Acklen Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212. For previews and meetings you may park in the Visitor Parking Lot located just west of Belmont Mansion, next to one of our gazebos. Additional visitor parking is available in the surrounding areas.
Where can we tell our guests to park?
Belmont Mansion Events have access to all parking lots and garages on Belmont University's campus, subject to availability. All parking near Belmont Mansion is free of charge. The university has parking lots very near the mansion. A visitor lot adjacent to the home serves Belmont Mansion and Fidelity Hall. Additional parking may be found in visitor designated lots or in the Curb Event Center garage: 1520 Bernard Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212. Please note that we cannot guarantee that the closest parking spaces will be available, but we will make every effort to accommodate your guests. A Belmont University parking map may be found here.
Do you have a handicap-accessible entrance?
Guests needing ramp or elevator access should contact the Director of Weddings & Rentals in advance of arrival. Elevator access is available in the Jack C. Massey College of Business building immediately east of Belmont Mansion. After business hours the doors to Massey may be located and it is best for an event staff worker to accompany you.
Do you accept online payment for weddings?
We accept online payments via PayPal invoices. If you are ready to make a payment, please contact Rev. Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org for your personalized invoice.
Do we need a marriage license?
Couples who wish to be legally married are responsible for obtaining a Tennessee marriage license prior to their wedding ceremony at Belmont Mansion. Out-of-state marriage licenses are not acceptable. Tennessee marriage licenses require the signatures of both parties getting married (obtained upon application at the clerk’s office) and of the officiant. Tennessee does not require a witness but you may have one to sign the license. Only Tennessee marriage licenses issued up to 30 days prior to the wedding are valid for weddings at Belmont Mansion. Click here for information regarding the Davidson County Clerk's Office. Please note that you are welcome to bring a marriage license from any of the 95 counties in the state of Tennessee.
Can we get married on Valentine's Day?
Please contact the Director of Weddings & Rentals for options for 2020.
Are there restrictions regarding who may get married or who may officiate at Belmont Mansion weddings?
We celebrate and affirm love at Belmont Mansion! We are pleased to provide wedding rentals and elopements for all happy couples and their guests. Restrictions at Belmont Mansion are related to the following: available dates and times, guest capacity, exclusive vendors, the prohibition of alcohol, prohibition of fireworks and other dangerous items, permissible decorations and other reasonable guidelines.
Large weddings may bring in their own officiant, however, our elopements are officiated by our Director of Weddings & Renrals only.
Do you have overnight accomodations at Belmont Mansion?
No. We do not offer lodging of any form, nor do we have a restaurant or any in-house catering.We are a set up as a museum. We rent out our Grand Salon for weddings and events in the evening, after our daily museum tours. There is no option to spend the night at Belmont Mansion.
Weddings and other rental events are booked on a first come, first served basis. Most bookings are secured with a signed contract and security deposit. General event rentals (non-wedding) are customized and priced based on the type and size of the event and length of the event. We welcome last-minute wedding and event bookings if we have availability and staffing. Contact Rev. Rich for details.
Belmont Mansion reserves the right to charge additional fees to cover extra staffing costs for events booked on holidays or holiday weekends. Belmont Mansion reserves the right to adjust the rental time at booking due to activities at Belmont Mansion or on the surrounding university campus, which would usually involve a later arrival time and a later exit time.
Belmont Mansion reserves the right to refuse small bookings on typically peak dates until close to the date in question. Belmont Mansion also reserves the right to refuse a booking more than 18 months in advance of a prospective rental event.
Belmont Mansion reserves the right to restrict the use of vendors at any time.
Many couples come to our website in search of a wedding venue and many other may also need a wedding coordinator or an officiant for a wedding at another venue. Whatever your needs are, even if they extend beyond Belmont Mansion, please contact our Director of Weddings & Rentals.
Please note that Belmont Mansion is decorated for Christmas from the middle of November (several days before Thanksgiving) until after New Years's Day. We do not take down any of our Christmas decorations for weddings and other events.
Belmont Mansion is a house museum. At any given time, we may be in the midst of a renovation or restoration project which might impact a wedding or other rental event. Please check with the Director of Weddings & Rentals with questions.
Any issues or questions not covered on the website should be directed to the Rev. Brandon Rich, Director of Weddings & Rentals at Brandon.Rich@belmont.edu or by phone at 615.305.2021 (business cell). Calls are welcome from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Central Time (U.S.). You may email 24/7.
Important Details about Traditional Weddings
- Alcohol is prohibited at all Belmont Mansion events
- Belmont Mansion is an active and popular museum with daily tours until
4:00 PM, so all weddings are only held in the evening. Access to the mansion for traditional weddings begins at 4:30PM with ceremonies scheduled at 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM or 7:00 PM. We never allow vendors nor bridal party to enter for
setup of a wedding during museum tour hours nor do we ever close the mansion to accommodate a wedding or any type of
rental event.Weddings and events must take place during hours when the mansion is already closed.
- Belmont Mansion is surrounded by the campus of Belmont University. The exterior of the mansion and the surrounding
campus are a beautiful backdrop or staged bridal photography, but we do not host outdoor weddings or events.
- All bridal previews and planning meetings are scheduled by appointment in advance by the Director of Weddings and
Rentals. Drop-in visits are not allowed. Bridal previews that are scheduled during mansion business hours are limited to four
people. Bridal meetings and previews are not offerd for our small elopement bookings.
- The use of tobacco products is prohibited.
- Events may be secured with a signed contract, damage deposit and 50%payment
- Belmont Mansion will be decorated for Christmas from mid-November through early January. The schedule is at the
discretion of Belmont Mansion management.
- Belmont Mansion will restore the Grand Salon between January 7, 2019 and March 31, 2019. We have already accepting
bookings for April, so the work must be completed on time. The new floor of the Grand Salon will be a faux grained
hardwood, similar to the floor in the upstairs bridal gallery. The walls and woodwork will be faux grained to match the work
that has already been completed around the grand staircase. Please keep this in mind when you view pictures and videos on
this site and if you preview in person.
- Professional full-service caterer with business license and insurance is required and subject to Belmont Mansion approval.
Drop-off catering is prohibited. Self-catering by clients/families is prohibited.
- Belmont Mansion strongly encourages the use of our preferred vendors and in- house planning, coordinating and officiating
- Belmont Mansion also has several options for smaller elopement-style weddings.
Important Details about Elopement Weddings
Please note that Belmont Mansion began a major restoration project on January 7, 2019. The new floor of the Grand Salon is a faux grained hardwood, similar to the floor in the upstairs bridal gallery. The walls and woodwork will be faux grained to match the work that has already been completed around the grand staircase. Please keep this in mind when you view pictures and videos on this site.
All elopement weddings at Belmont Mansion are officiated and coordinated by our Director of Weddings & Rentals and his staff. Outside officiants and coordinators are not allowed for elopement weddings.
All paid professional photography at elopement weddings at Belmont Mansion is restricted to the photography companies approved by the mansion and listed on this website and in our rental contracts. Please use the contact information that we provide here on the website and on our reservation forms and contracts. We have had confusion when couples attempt to look up the vendors on their own. Our approved photographers for elopements are Dak Alley Productions and Elopements of Nashville.
Our Just Married, Getaway, Friends & Family, and Friends & Family Plus elopement weddings at Belmont Mansion are scheduled outside of our daily museum tour hours. Due to the private and brief nature of the Studio Elopement, it may be scheduled at virtually any time of the day, provided the Director of Weddings has availability. The Just Married Elopement and Getaway Elopement may be booked at 6:00 PM (or later) daily, based on availability. The Friends & Family Elopement and the Friends & Family Plus Elopement may be booked at 6:00 PM or later on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Weekday bookings at 6:00 PM or later are possible, but not encouraged due to parking considerations on campus.
Belmont Mansion's Director of Weddings & Rentals will offer one bridal preview visit for the Friends & Family Elopement or the Friends & Family Plus Elopement prior to booking. The director will also allow up to two planning meetings for the Friends & Family Elopement or the Friends & Family Plus Elopement if requested by the couple. Preview and planning meetings are limited to the couple getting married plus two guests. All preview and planning meetings are scheduled and conducted by the Director of Weddings & Rentals personally and by appointment only. Drop-in visits are not possible due to scheduling and staffing issues. No preview or planning meetings are provided for the Studio Elopement, Just Married Elopement or Getaway Elopement.
All weddings at Belmont Mansion, both elopements and large weddings, are scheduled and booked in advance by appointment only. Drop-in ceremonies are not possible due to scheduling and staffing issues. Meetings /previews are by appointment only.
Belmont Mansion and the surrounding campus maintains a no-alcohol and no-smoking/no-tobacco policy.
Please note that Belmont Mansion reserves the right to restrict which days of the week and specific dates that will be made available for elopement weddings based on expected market demand for larger traditional weddings and other events.
For detailed information, please read the rental contracts on this website or contact the Director of Weddings and Rentals. You may call or text between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM in the Central time zone Monday - Saturday and from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sundays at 615.305.2021. You are welcome to email anytime at .